Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA)

ALMA Workshop — 2022 Class

Applications for the 2022 ALMA Workshop class have closed. If you are interested in applying for the 2023 class, we recommend signing up for our emails (below) so you will receive a notification next year when the applications open again.

Each year, the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta program, managed by the ARC’s Community Engagement and Arts team, seeks experienced artists, arts administrators, designers, urban planners, and local government officials for its class.

This special cohort of leaders co-designs with community-based organizations to develop arts and culture-focused proposals to community planning challenges. Program days are a combination of education, discussion, and collaboration to advance arts and culture as an essential part of inclusive and equitable civic, planning, and development processes.

The program includes five program days, including a final session of group presentations, in a hybrid virtual and in-person days as circumstances allow.

To learn more about ALMA, please contact Marian Liou, Director of the Community Engagement and the Arts team, at

Who should apply to ALMA?

  • Artists, arts administrators, and arts and culture professionals interested in advocacy, activism, community engagement, and civic participation
  • Urban planners, urban designers, architects, developers, and landscape architects
  • Public officials with a desire to incorporate the arts into policy and programming
  • Philanthropic professionals responsible for funding in arts and culture, urban planning, place-based community development, and civic engagement

Application Timeline

  • Look for applications for ALMA 2023 to open in Fall 2022!

Class Schedule

  • TBA

Program Fee

  • TBA

Recent ALMA alumni include:

  • Tiffany Latrice Williams, TILA Studios & National Black Arts
  • Sherri Washington, Commissioner, Rockdale County
  • Jacquelyn Pritz, DanceATL
  • Katie O’Connor, City of Woodstock
  • Oshun Layne, Dashboard
  • Mark Kendall, Comedian
  • Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Alliance Theatre
  • Hank Houser, Houser Walker Architecture
  • Irasema Concepcion Gonzalez Vargas, AT&T
  • Lynn Deutsch, Mayor, City of Dunwoody

ALMA Speakers

Past speakers include:


“One of the things I’ve learned is how effective an artist-led project is in engaging members of the community.”

-Lynn Deutsch, Mayor, City of Dunwoody
ALMA Class of 2021